Agriculture

Since Adams County’s beginnings, farmers have driven the local economy and produced quality food for an ever-expanding world population. Today agriculture remains at the heart of our economy as one of the county’s two leading economic drivers. The anchor of Adams County’s unique agriculture industry is the Historic South Mountain Fruit Belt – America’s Orchard. The fruit belt boasts more than 20,000 acres of fruit orchards. A thriving fruit industry has existed here for more than a century, and an impressive network of supporting agribusinesses like equipment dealers and processing plants has grown to support its needs. Fruit growers sell their produce directly to consumers at farmers markets and farm stands, to local manufacturers that distribute value-added products like juice and applesauce across the world, and to distributors that ship quality fruit near and far.

The fruit belt is home to rich soils that rival those found in Italy, perfect for grape cultivation. A growing number of wineries offer a unique taste of Adams County with stunning vistas and fantastic entertainment.

Beyond the fruit belt, Adams County is home to dairy, livestock and crop operations that produce food, fuel and fiber for the world. They utilize the latest technology to produce more with less, while also practicing effective conservation methods like nutrient management, cover crops, streamside buffers and no-till or low-till farming to ensure the continued health of the soil.

Adams County’s agriculture industry and the people who live here are committed to preserving these productive lands for future generations. To date, with support from local, state and federal government dollars, as well as private funds from the Land Conservancy of Adams County, 32,050 acres of land have been permanently preserved. A balance is struck between responsible preservation of those lands most suited for production agriculture and those lands that are best for residential and commercial development.

Agriculture In Adams County

 

Chamber Events

Feb 9, 2022

LnL: Effective Interviewing Techniques for Hiring Managers
Join us for a free educational program, presented by Elsner Bell & Associates, over the lunch hour in the Chamber office from 12-1 p.m.

Feb 16, 2022

February 2022 County Connections Luncheon
County Connections: Helping you build connections throughout Adams County. The lunch program will take place at Gettysburg Fire Hall. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

Feb 17, 2022

February 2022 Membership Mixer
Comfort Suites will host our monthly networking program from 4-6 p.m.

Mar 11, 2022

2022 State Legislative Luncheon
As Adams County’s voice of business, The Chamber is pleased to offer a forum to allow the local business community to discuss their concerns with our elected officials. Gettysburg Hotel est. 1797 will host the program in the ballroom, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Mar 17, 2022

March 2022 Membership Mixer
iNet Technology Group will host our monthly networking program, complete with a St. Patty's Day theme and in conjunction with members of the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce, from 4-6 p.m.

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